(GREEN BAY) - "Welcome, Packers! Beat Detroit!" That was the slogan last week and that's just what happened at City Stadium Sunday afternoon in what must go down in our town's history as one of the Packers' greatest games. And, to inject a note of delirium, if you are slightly nuts today you are hereby excused. The Packers are - from Coach Liz Blackbourn on down, and so are we! Things that can only happen in Green Bay happened when the Detroit Lions, defending Western Division champions, fell by a score of 20-17 in the last 20 seconds - moments after Gary Knafelc took Tobin Rote's 18-yard pass and slammed into the end zone. It looked as if somebody tipped up the curved east end of City Stadium and poured  the fans into the end zone to gobble up the Packers - especially Knafelc. And before the police and 
Green Bay Packers (1-0) 20, Detroit Lions (0-1) 17
Sunday September 25th 1955 (at Green Bay)
Breezy Reid (center) of the Green Bay Packers, gains six yards in the second quarter of the pro football game with the Detroit Lions before being downed by Joe Schmidt (behind him). Other identifiable Packers are Tom Dahms (78) and Jerry Helluin (right). Packers upset Detroit, 20-17. (Credit: Bettmann)
Joe Johnson (40) of the Packers is stopped by Detroit Lions player Gil Mains in a punt return in the third quarter. On ground (foreground) is Jim Martin of the Lions. Packers scored a 20-17 upset. (Credit: Bettmann)
on the goal line a couple of times and didn't score." "Why, we drove right down there to the three after the half and didn't score," he drawled. "That was the one that killed us because if we had scored, it would have been 21-6 and we would have been in, with that defensive team of ours. It's the best in the league. Another time we had a pass intercepted down in there - and then we recovered that fumble of theirs on the five and didn't score. You can't win in this league that way. With two minutes to play, a four-point lead and the Packers on their own 20, you'd think we had the game all locked up," he mused. "But it's all a game of luck - you have to have luck to win a game or a championship." Even in defeat, Buddy found this aspect of the Frank Merriwell finish amusing. "If we'd have won, they would have called us lucky so you've got to call them lucky," he grinned, "when they beat us on that last pass." Turning serious again, Parker contended that injuries had played havoc with the Lions' offense. "Doak Walker is not well at all yet - in fact, he could be out for the season," he said. "Dave Middleton was hurt all day and couldn't run, so Bill Stits had to be used on both offense and defense and wound up playing 45 minutes. Bobby Layne's arm still is bothering him, too," Buddy continued. "He wouldn't tell us but it was. I was going to put Gilmer in, but he said he was all right. I though he was going to throw but he threw only four passes in the last half. You can't win that way in this league. Then, too, our guards are 60 percent of our attack and neither one of our starters, Dick Stanfel and Harley Sewell, were able to play," Parker explained. "We had three rookies in there - and you don't win with rookies in this league. We had one guard in there who must have missed at least five assignments - and this is a game where you're not supposed to make mistakes." To change the subject, did
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - After 36 hours of cloud flying, the Packers planted their feet on the ground today and faced reality – an autumn synonym for the Chicago Bears. The setting will be strange, indeed, for next Sunday’s renewal at City Stadium. It’s been a long time since the Packers, with a 1-0 record, opposed a Bear team with an 0-1 mark. But that’s the picture – created by the Packers’ 20-17 victory over the Detroit Lions and the Bears’ 23-17 loss to the Baltimore Colts Sunday. Monday was the usual off day for the Packer players, although a number of them reported to Trainer Bud Jorgenson for treatment of bumps, bruises and twists. Packer coach Liz Blackbourn and aides Tom Hearden, Ray McLean and Lou Rymkus had their chance to toast the victory Sunday night but they were hard at it Monday morning. First business yesterday was a complete report on the Bear-Colt game from Wally Cruice and Jack Vainisi who scouted the game. Then came a long discussion of strategy for next Sunday. The coaches viewed pictures of the Packer-Detroit game early this morning and then showed films of the game to the players at the usual 10 o’clock squad meeting. The first outdoor drill was scheduled for this afternoon. The Packers came out of the bruising Lion tussle with no serious injuries. In fact, the only two “cases” in camp came up in the non-league season – halfback Al Carmichael, with a bad shoulder, and tackle Len Szafaryn, with a split toe. Szafaryn, wearing a steel toe plate, played the entire game even though “I felt like I was getting picked with a needle,” he said later. Carmichael’s work this week will determine whether or not he’ll be ready next Sunday. And speaking about injuries, Frank Korch, publicity director of the Bears, reported two injuries last night – guard Henry Mosley and back Rick Casares. Mosley was carried from the field near the end and likely will be out for several weeks with a knee injury. Returning to the Bears after a siege of injuries will be defensive halfback Bill Sumner, highly touted rookie…End Gary Knafelc, who caught the touchdown pass from Tobin Rote in the last 20 seasons, was named the most valuable player in Sunday’s Packer-Lion game by Green Bay sportswriters and sportscasters covering the game. He will receive a suit of clothes from Steifel Clothing…Blackbourn, on the basis of reports from scouts, figures that the Bears will be “furious” Sunday. The story goes that the Colts were fortunate enough to catch the Bears coasting in the first quarter, resulting in 17-0 Baltimore lead. The Colt defense, one of the best in the league, managed to hold the Bears down in the last half. The Bears believe they have the greatest team since ’41 and the best depth in the league and “they’ll be out to prove it against us Sunday,” Blackbourn said. The Packers will be going after their first victory over the Bears since ’52, that coming in Chicago, and the first in Green Bay since ’50…The aforementioned Korch, asked about Al Ameche’s 79-yard touchdown run the first time he carried the ball, said that “it was a sucker play and he just got away.” He added that Ameche “had a great day against us, but why does somebody always have to do it against us.” Ameche finished up with 194 yards in 21 carries. Statistically, the Bears had the best of the argument. George Halas’ men rolled up 408 yards rushing and passing against the Colts’ 323. Chicago had 286 in the air and 122 on the ground against the Colts’ 226 by rushing and 97 by passing.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) – The Packers came home Sunday. They arrived at exactly 14:40 of the final quarter when a mob of adoring kids carried Gary Knafelc off the field on their shoulders while their dads stood up and cheered with more than a suspicion of tears in their eyes. They came home to a small town which has missed them as much as the Packers have missed that intimate, indescribable feeling of belonging. It couldn’t have happened in Chicago, nor in Detroit, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington, Baltimore – or Milwaukee. And from the grin on Gary’s face, he loved it. A heartwarming thing, that homecoming. Especially to those who remember. It was a spontaneous throwback to an earlier, less sophisticated day, to a spirit that made Green Bay what it used to be – the Small Town of the Big League, and proud of it. Maybe that’s just what the Packers – and Green Bay – needed. Time was when, because both the town and the team felt that way, the Pack pulled ‘em out of the fire more often than not, just as it did Sunday. The spirit has been missing in recent years. There’s no point in arguing about how or why it happened – no purpose in blaming anyone. The Packers are home again. It’s up to Green Bay to see that they stay.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - Buddy Parker, in his post-mortems Sunday evening, said “you can’t win with rookies.” He was referring to his two simon-pure offensive guards, who replaced two injured veteran guards, and his words undoubtedly hold plenty of water – he being head coach of the Detroit Lions. But the manner in which four Packer rookies performed in the Packers’ 20-17 victory over Detroit is still tickling us. These four all were packing into the Packers’ defense; the Bays’ offense, by comparison, is largely pro experienced even though guard Joe Skibinski and tackle Tom Dahms are new in these parts. The four who helped seven veterans make the Packer defense seem as tough as a year ago are corner linebackers Doyle Nix and Billy Bookout, linebacker Tom Bettis and end Nate Borden. These four were surrounded by some zealous veterans – Bobby Dillon and Val Joe Walker at safety, Roger Zatkoff and Deral Teteak at linebacker, big John Martinkovic at end, Dave Hanner and Jerry Helluin at tackles and Bill Forester at middle guard. This unit boiled down to one earned TD all afternoon, and the Lions even had an “assist” on that one, Zatkoff deflecting Bobby Layne’s pass into the belly of surprised Jim Doran, who completed a 38-yard TD play. Detroit scored its other TD off the Packer offense, Gil Mains falling on Tobin Rote’s fumble in the end zone. The Packer defense, kicked around at time during the non-league trail, now has limited Detroit to three earned TDs in two games despite the fact that the Lions led the league in scoring last year and gave no concrete indication in exhibitions that they were slowing down. In the second game at Detroit last Thanksgiving Day, the Lions scored four TDs, but two were scored by Detroit’s defense against the Packers’ offense. Jack Christiansen lugged a punt back for one and returned an intercepted Rote pass for the other. Actually, Detroit did move the ball for 326 yards against the Packers – 171 by rushing and 155 by passing, but they couldn’t score but two TDs and a field goal, and that is an indication of the Packers’ defensive grit. Generally, the Lions never saw the same Packer defense on successive plays. Pat O’Donahue shifted in and out of the defensive lineup, exchanging most of the time with Bettis and/or Borden, with Zatkoff going into defensive end at times. What’s more, Packer defensive linemen shifted around like jumping jacks – all the more to confuse Detroit’s offense. If ever the defense was going to cave, it was after the Packers fumbled on their own five with three minutes left. Detroit drew a five-yard penalty but on the next three plays, the Lions gained one (1) yard. Doak Walker then missed his field goal and the Packer offense took over. After the game, Val Joe Walker (no relation) repeated, “if that offense hadn’t come through, if that offense hadn’t come through. But they did, they did!” Everybody knows you can’t win consistently in this league without an offense. The ’55 Packer offense must still prove itself, but in the last 20 minutes Sunday, the Bays made three touchdown drives and hit gold on two of them, controlling the ball to such an extent that Detroit was limited to one first down in four series. The one Packer drive that didn’t pan out goofed when Bill Howton fumbled on Detroit’s 15. Of those remaining 20 minutes, the Packers had the ball roughly 14 minutes. The payoff 80-yard TD drive took only 70 seconds. And, actually, the Packers had to go 86 yards because Joe Johnson was thrown for a six-yard loss along the way.
SEPT 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lisle Blackbourn was sitting at the dining room table at his home at Green Bay Sunday night. He was smoking a cigarette and smiling, obviously enjoying his Packers' last minute 20-17 upset triumph over the Detroit Lions. "How does it feel, Liz?" a visitor asked. "Good, real good," the coach replied. "I'm tired, though. When you've been coaching as long as I have, a game like that takes a lot of you." "Yes," someone said, "but you're just a rookie coach as far as winning in Green Bay is concerned." Blackbourn laughed. "The first one here," he said. "I thought it would never come. The coach was asked about the game. "No analysis now," he said. "That can come later. All I want to do is savor the victory. Ask me about the winnipg play. I'll be glad to talk about that all night. When I was at Marquette. we used the same pass to beat Holy Cross one year. Exactly the same pattern, late in the game, too. It's getting to be my favorite play." The talk switched to Gary Knafelc, the man who caught Tobin Rote's pass from among a swarm of Detroit defenders and bulled across the goal for the winning points. "That could be what Knafelc needs," Blackbourn said. "We've always felt he had the gear. Now that he knows what he can do, there may be no stopping him." As for Rote, Blackbourn kept repeating, "What a competitor. He was being rushed pretty hard early in the game," Blackbourn said. "But once the boys up front got straightened around, Rote had himself a good day. He never gives up." And the Packer running game? "Well," he said, "we outgained them by a yard on the ground and eight yards in the air. Not bad. Breezy Reid has himself a good day for a battered up old man. Ferguson? He's getting better every game. He does the job." Blackbourn's wife mentioned Alan Ameche, the Wisconsin Horse, whose great day for Baltimore helped the Colts beat the Chicago Bears. "Wouldn't you like to have him?" she asked. Blackbourn frowned, then said, "I'm still glad we've got Howie." As for Joe Schmidt, Detroit linebacker who was in the Packers' way no matter where they went. Blackbourn had the highest praise. "They (the Detroit coaches) have been saying all along he's the best in the league. The way he played today, I guess maybe he is. He and Bednarik of the Eagles. They're both thinking all the time out there, but I'd rate Schmidt the tougher of the two." And what about the Bear, the Packers' opponent at Green Bay next Sunday? "They'll be extra rough after losing to Baltimore," the Packer coach said. "But actually it doesn't make much difference who you play, or in what order. Every team in the league is tough this year. The scores showed that. We'll take a look at the movies, then start working on our mistakes. That's what coaching is mostly - trying to correct mistakes. I don't suppose we really played one of our better games today and the Lions probably didn't either. But I'm not worried about that now. I'm just glad we won one."
SEPT 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - The Packers' winning touchdown in the closing seconds of Sunday's league opener against Detroit was more than an electrifying thing that brought unrestrained joy to thousands of loyal followers. That last ditch Tobin Rote to Gary Knafelc scoring effort could very well turn out to be one of the most valuable "clicks" in years - one that may pay big dividends two ways. An upset is a real tonic in itself. To pull it at the expense of a team as strong as the defending Western Division champs doubles the strength. Add the manner in which this one was accomplished - time running out and hope practically gone - and there is no telling the extent of the lift. Suffice to say the Packers now should have renewed faith in themselves and their ability to battle any club in the league on even terms. They're off and running for a chance instead of having to get off the floor, as has been the case in swinging into league play too often in recent years. Financially, too, the Bays should cash in handsomely on the Rote-to-Knafelc play that put an end to the long standing Detroit jinx. The ticket scramble for the Bears game, always heavy because of the traditional rivalry, is heavier than ever. So it's a cinch sellout for next Sunday. Renewed interest created by knocking off the Lions already is reflected also in the demand for the Milwaukee opener the following week - a Saturday night duel with Baltimore. Should Liz Blackbourn's operators repeat their winning performance against the Bears, it's conceivable the Colt game will approach the sellout stage despite the switch from Sunday afternoon to Saturday night because it is the pro's TV attraction of the week. Even if it isn't an absolute sellout, the largest crowd in Packer home history should move in on County Stadium. The ticket sales for Baltimore has been lively right along, thanks to Alan Ameche, Wisconsin's All-American fullback who was the Colts' No. 1 draft choice. Everybody is more anxious than ever to see the Horse gallop as a pro after his brilliant debut against the Bears last Sunday. Add the sudden excitement over the Packers and you have a natural. It's a matter of record that the Horse went 79 yards for a touchdown the first time he got his mitts on the ball, and wound up with a ground gaining total of 194 yards, an average of 9.2 per carry. That's a pretty fair answer to those who weren't completely sold on Ameche as a pro prospect. The box office activity he has stirred up locally also is the tipoff on how valuable he would have been to the Packers His personal drawing power surely would have paid his salary may times over. Which is a reminder that pro football should snip a leaf out of the pro basketball book and try to work out some plan for territorial rights. What a terrific thing for the Packers if they had been given first shot at Ameche and Ron Drzewiecki, Marquette star who was the Bears' No. 1 draft choice! Opening battles were pretty much what the doctor ordered for putting new life, new zing in the pro league. It's a healthy thing when the defending champions (Browns), last year's runners-up (Lions) and live title prospects (Bears) get knocked off by a trio of prospective doormats - Washington, Green Bay and Baltimore. Another top favorite, San Francisco, took it on the chin (from Los Angeles) to add to the upset pattern and help make it a wide open race. Equality of competition - meaning that any team has an honest chance to beat any rival on any given day - pumps lifeblood into any sport.
SEPT 27 (Green Bay) - Halfback Veryl Switzer of the Green Bay Packers is recovering here from a nose injury received over the weekend in an auto accident. His auto skidded on a curve on Highway 12 south of De Pere Sunday evening, overturned, struck a utility pole and came down to a stop upside down.
SEPT 28 (Green Bay) - The Bears are unhappy enough and the Packers are happy enough to score a flock of points at City Stadium Sunday afternoon. Both teams were held to college-like totals last Sunday – 20 for the Pack in their 20-17 win over Detroit and 17 for the Bears in their 23-17 loss to Baltimore. The traditional rivals are both due to break loose, but will they? There could be a defensive trend in the works. Note: The winners of the six NFL openers over the weekend scored 134 points. The winner of the six openers in ’54 scored 227 points! Why the big difference? Are the ’55 defenses 93 points better than they were a year ago? Let’s look, but first here are the ’54 opening week results: Pittsburgh 21, Green Bay 20; Detroit 48, Bears 23; Los Angeles 48, Baltimore 0; New York 41, Cardinals 10; Philadelphia 28, Cleveland 10; San Francisco 41, Washington 7. Here are the results of the ’55 openers and notice the shrinkage of the four teams who scored over 40 points in ’54 starters: Green Bay 20, Detroit 17; Pittsburgh 14, Cardinals 7; Los Angles 23, San Francisco 14; Baltimore 23, Bears 17; Washington 27, Cleveland 17; Philadelphia 27, New York 17. Four of the six winners in ’54 scored over 40 points. This year, no team reached 30. The six winners a year ago averaged 37.8 points; the six this season averaged 22.3. What a difference a year makes! The six losers in ’54 scored 70 points – an average of 11.6. The six setbackers this year counted 89 – an average of 14.8. Not much of a difference considering the wide offensive margin. It might be that the defense is catching up with the offense this year. Students of the game claim that this happens in cycles, although pro football, still a young pup, hasn’t undergone a major scoring change since the big emphasis in the last 1930’ s and early 1940’s. That switch upped pro ball from a low to a high scoring game. The 10 teams in the league in ’41 averaged 181.2 points each, while the 12 in ’54 averaged 262.6 – quite a leap. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn, who has studied football more than a few years, felt that “there has been a gradual improvement of defenses right from the start of the training season.” He pointed out that the new coaches in the league this year “are apparently placing the emphasis on defense.” He mentioned Sid Gillman at Los Angeles as “much different from Hamp Pool who specialized in offense. And I understand Red Strader at San Francisco leans toward defense.” The other new coach, Ray Richards of the Chicago Cardinals, must play it close to the vest, judging by the 14-7 game they played with Pittsburgh. Another factor could be the improvement of every team – especially three, four and five-game winners of a year ago. There might be considerably more balance this year. Blackbourn contended after the first couple of exhibitions that “this thing could go anyway; the supposedly weak teams are knocking off the big ones.” Improvement of “low” teams of ’54 was noted in the first week of league play. Of the six games played, four so-called underdogs – if there is such a thing in this league, anymore – scored victories. The experts figured the Bears, Cleveland and San Francisco to win. All four lost…In case you haven’t been informed, Sunday’s Packer-Bear game is a sellout, assuring a crowd of close to 25,000. If you are among those who didn’t buy season ticket, your best bet is to “sign up” for the Packer-Colt game in Milwaukee a week from Saturday night…The Packers loosened up a batch of aching muscles in the Bluejay baseball outfield yesterday afternoon before a couple of hundred fans. Incidentally, it is interesting to note that practices last week were open to the public – almost unheard of in the past. They’ll probably be open this week, too. Everybody was in wonderful spirits yesterday – what with No. 1 on the left side of the standings, plus an eagerness to get a look at plans for the Bears. Trainer Bud Jorgenson’s daily injury list contained a number of names, but Blackbourn is pleased to note that there’s nothing serious. Quarterback Tobin Rote is sporting a wrist injury but it’ll be sound by next Sunday…Gary Knafelc, who caught the touchdown pass from Rote that beat Detroit Sunday, is looking for a little boy – “about seven years old who pushed a 50-center piece into my hands and then ran into the crowd.” It happened right after Gary caught the payoff pass. “I would like to know who that boy was; the money belongs to him,” Gary said. Knafelc said “the chance to catch the ball and what happened after that was the 
SEPT 29 (Green Bay) - – It’s a little early for tricks or treat, but there’s a trick in the air today. This may not be unusual during Bear-Packer week because the two clubs trust each other like a couple of cats and dogs – plus the fact that the two units are deadly enemies, having met some 73 times since 1921. One matter is rather interesting today – jerseys! Since the Packers changed to their blue jerseys last year, efforts have been made by the bays to get the Bears to switch from their blue jerseys for the game in Green Bay. The Packers had no luck last year. Ditto ’55! Under league rules, the home team has the choices of jersey and the visiting team is supposed to provide a contrasting jersey. Which is what the Packers did when they played in Chicago last year; they wore all-gold so that they wouldn’t blend the Packer blue with the Bear blue. Both, incidentally, are a Navy blue. This week, the Packers asked the Bears to wear jerseys to match their pants. Blackbourn said George Halas, owner-coach of the Bears, told him that “our regular uniform is traditional and that’s what we’ll wear.” Commissioner Bert Bell refuses to step into the controversy, calling it a problem, between the two clubs. Halas was out coaching this morning when called in Chicago but his son, Treasurer George (Muggsie) Halas, Jr., said that “we don’t have any other jerseys to wear; we’ve always worn our blue jerseys with white pants.” The jersey problem became important with the invention of television. Bell said that jerseys had to contrast and at one time the Packers even bought a set of white jerseys for a game against Los Angeles. This was when the Packers were switching between green and gold jerseys…The Packers enjoyed the perfect practice weather yesterday with a sharp offensive drill before a couple of hundred fans. Back in uniform and running hard was Al Carmichael, the veteran halfback who injured his shoulder against the Philadelphia Eagles. Carmichael topped the workout off by hitting the blocking dummy with no apparent difficulty. Camichael has an OK from Dr. H.S. Atkinson, team physician, to play against the Bears but Coach Blackbourn is awaiting the results of Al’s progress in practice this week. Carmichael has been inactive for almost four weeks and Blackbourn hopes he can get toughened up some this week. If Al makes it, the Packers will be at full strength at right halfback and in punt and kickoff returning. The other right half and Carmichael punt and kickoff return partner, Veryl Switzer, is glad to be around. He came out of an auto accident Sunday night with only a bloody nose…The Bears came up with their starting lineup today and word that rookie backs Rick Casares and Harry Mosley won’t be suiting up because of injuries. On the brighter side, defensive halfback Charley Sumner will be ready for some play. He was hurt in an exhibition game against the New York Giants at Little Rock. The Bears will open with a backfield composed of Ed Brown at quarterback, Ron Drzewiecki at left half, Bobby Watkins at right half and Chick Jagade at fullback. The offensive line will contain Harlon Hill at left end, Bill George at left guard, Bill Wightkin at left tackle, Larry Strickland at center, Stan Jones at right guard, Kline Gilbert at right tackle and Bill McColl at right end. The Bears will arrive in Green Bay on the 3:20 North Western Saturday afternoon. They’ll headquarter at the Northland hotel. They are scheduled to drill in Wrigley Field Saturday morning. Frank Korch, Bear publicist, said today that the Bears drilled again yesterday on defense. “We have a lot of respect for your Tobin Rote and everybody else,” Korch said.
SEPT 29 (Green Bay) – The “50-cent mystery” is solved! A report today reveals that 14-year old Mike Culligan, 315 S. Oneida St., was the boy who pressed a half dollar into the hand of a slightly dazed Gary Knafelc after he scored the winning touchdown in the Packers’ 20-17 last minute victory over the Detroit Lions at City Stadium last Sunday afternoon. Like the spontaneous demonstration that followed Knafelc’s 
up again and he left again. It may or may not be of interest to the Packer Corp., but Jim is still waiting to be paid for the games he did play.
SEPT 30 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Every time Tobin Rote throws a football this fall he will be adding, one way or another, to Packer records. Rovin' Tobin, the only pro quarterback who can and will run like a halfback, holds eight Green Bay passing records. And that's competing with former stars like Cecil Isbell and Arnie Herber. If Tob keeps unleashing his buggy-whip arm with constant perfection, he will establish a new mark for touchdown passes thrown. Isbell is the man to top, as he tossed 59 TD aerials in his career in Packerland. Including Rote's winning touchdown pass to Gary Knafelc against the Lions last Sunday, he has now tossed 55 scoring passes. Here's a rundown on Rote's all-time Packer records:
* Most passes attempted in one season (1954) - 382 (also league record)
* Most passes attempted in career - 1,231
* Most passes completed in one season (1954) - 180
* Most passes completed in career - 538
* Most yards gained passing in one season (1954) - 2,311
* Most yards gained passing in career - 7,518 
* Most passes intercepted in one season (1950) - 21
* Most passes intercepted in career - 86
Rote's touchdown toss to Knafelc was a play called from the bench. Coach Liz Blackbourn gave this explanation of the momentous play: "Detroit was doubling up on (Billy) Howton and our halfbacks, leaving Knafelc alarmingly alone. Although Tob had tossed only twice to Gary, we figured this was the time to cross 'em up with Knafelc being the target straight down the middle." It certainly paid off handsomely and it labeled Knafelc as an ace in the hole. It's wonderful what a victory over a champion does. The squad was in high spirits Thursday, determined to shoot the works against the Bears Sunday. However, Green Bay's dreams are in the realm of reality, seriously realizing the Bears will be tougher than every after losing to Baltimore. The Packers have been drilling on the old Bluejay baseball field. And, for the first time in many a moon, the practices have been opened to the public. Several hundred fans have been observing their team all week. It's keyed everyone for the "Monsters of the Midway". Trainer Bud Jorgenson had numerous bruises and cuts to take care of after the Lions' tussle - nothing serious. Rote's wrist was roughened up by Detroit's big boys, but the injury was minor. Halfback Al Carmichael is the only question mark for Sunday's game. He suffered a dislocated shoulder against the Eagles in an exhibition game September 3. There is a slight possibility he will be ready against the Bears. The Packer-Bear game will be the annual homecoming for the Packer alumni club, an organization of former Packer players. It could be a hot time in the old town with any kind of a win over their hated rivals.
SEPT 30 (Milwaukee Journal) - A "wounded" Bear can be an awfully mean critter and Sunday Lisle Blackbourn's Green Bay Packers must meet up with one. George Halas' Chicago Bears, "wounded" indeed a week ago when they unexpectedly lost to the Baltimore Colts, 23-17, will be in Green Bay with fur bristling. This was to be the Bears' year. This was to be the year of winning farewell to Halas who first organized them as the Staleys in 1919, brought them into Chicago in 1920 and who long before this season even began announced that this would be his last as coach. Dripping with the finest material they have had since their last championship year in 1946, except maybe for a really first rate quarterback, they even boasted about what the season might be. But then came Baltimore in the first league game a week ago, and a guy by the name of Alan Ameche and a bunch of other Colts who obviously had never heard anything about all of the fine designs. Ameche, the former Badger Horse, making his debut as a pro, gained 194 yards himself rushing, including one touchdown of 79 yards, and the Bears were a crushed team with the season only one game old. It is such a team, still badly hurt that the Packers must face Sunday. The game will be the 73rd in the bitter rivalry begun in 1921 and renewed at least twice each season since, some years three times. The Bears have won 42, the Packers 24. Six games were ties. Green Bay has not won since 1952. Like all visits the Bears make to Green Bay this one is already assured of a capacity crowd of 24,668. The ticket situation has become particularly acute the last few days because of what the Packers themselves did in their own league debut last week when they beat the Detroit Lions in the last 20 seconds of play, 20-17. Green Bay has been up in the clouds all week. It was the first victory at home in two years. The odds favor the Bears. On paper they have depth the Packers cannot match. They have a big, rugged line with men like Wightkin, George, Jones, Kreamcheck, Clark, Bishop, Hoffman and Adkins, fine running backs like Casares, Watkins, Jagade, Drzewiecki and Fortunato, and excellent receivers like Hill, Schroeder, and McColl. Their one difficulty has been at quarterback where Brown, Blanda and Williams have taken turns directing the team and passing and doing only a fair job. Brown in recent games has been the most successful although he is far from last year's Bratkowski, who is now in service. Despite the difficulties at quarterback, the team under the influence of Assistant Coach Clark (Space Helmet) Shaughnessy has remained completely pass crazy. The fine runners have been frequently ignored in order to throw the ball. Against Baltimore last week, the Bears tried 43 passes, completed only 21. It is still a strong, explosive team, though, and in it's present mood certainly will be exceedingly tough to handle. Whether the outmanned Packers will be able to pick up where they left off in their spectacular finish against Detroit remains to be seen. They refused to be licked last Sunday and such a spirit could mean much again. The hope lie principally with a thin but good defense, the strong arm of Tobin Rote, fair receiving, and the fine running of Howie Ferguson who is rapidly taking rank with the finest fullbacks in football. Except for Al Carmichael, still nursing a shoulder separation, the Packers will be at full strength. So with the Bears except for halfback Mosley who alone remained on the doubtful list Friday with a bad knee.
SEPT 30 (Chicago) - Rain forced the Chicago Cardinals inside for practice yesterday and washed out the Chicago Bears' workout completely as the two teams neared the end of preparations for their second NFL games of the season on Sunday. The Cardinals, with four men definite nonstarters and five others who may see limited service because of injury, ran through plays and tuned up their sputtering offense in the University of Chicago fieldhouse. The Cardinals will meet the New York Giants at 1:35 o'clock Sunday afternoon in Comiskey park. Owner-Coach George Halas canceled the Bears' scheduled Wrigley field workout but called an indoor meeting and the squad watched movies of their 23-17 loss to the Baltimore Colts last week, as well as of their 29 to 23 triumph over Green Bay at Wrigley field last season. The Bears' hopes for a victory over the Packers at Green Bay Sunday were raised with word that Charley Sumner, rookie defensive back from William and Mary, should be in shape to face the Packers. Sumner suffered a jaw injury September 10 in an exhibition against the Giants at Little Rock, and missed both the Armed Forces game and the regular season opener against Baltimore. The 6 foot 1 inch 190 pounder, who played brilliantly on defense during the exhibition season, also can be used as a ball carrier. This ability may come in handy since a pair of rookie halfbacks, Henry Mosley and Rick Casares, are expected to be kept on the bench Sunday because of injury. Both were used against Baltimore. The Bears, incidentally, will play before a sellout crowd of 24,688 when they meet the Packers for the 74th time. Sunday will be the annual Green Bay homecoming game, and interest was increased by last week's 20 to 17 Packers' victory over the Detroit Lions.
​game officials, working feverishly, could get the crowd back for the extra point kick and Detroit's last stand, Knafelc rode back toward the Packer bench on the shoulders of the wild throng. It made no difference that the game wasn't over and that the Packers could still conceivably lose. This was the wildest display of fan enthusiasm long-time observers ever saw here or anywhere. The game had 20 seconds to run - enough for maybe three Bobby Layne passes, but the celebration started when Knafelc barged over two Lions into pay dirt. Ironically, a former Packer, Jug Girard, helped make it official after every policeman and usher in the park cleared the field. Jug took Charlie Brackins' kickoff on the four and zig zagged back and forth around the 15, eating up all but two or three seconds before he was nailed on the 17. The game ended when the Lions marched up to the line of scrimmage for a final play that never came off. The Packers were swept off their feet in a flash as any number of them found themselves on the shoulders of fans who covered most of the field. The Lions seemed to fade away in the mass of jostling, lumpy-throated, dizzy humanity. They hadn't suffered anything like this for years, getting beat late; the Packers and their fans had. This was the end of 11 straight lacings at the hands of Detroit. And it marked the close of six straight City Stadium losses - since mid-'53. It was the first victory for the Blackbourn regime - Liz, Tom Hearden, Ray McLean and Lou Rymkus - in Green Bay. And they won't have to wait long for a chance at No. 2. The Chicago Bears, upset by Baltimore 23-17 yesterday, invade our happy hunting ground next Sunday! The events that preceded the wild demonstration helped along the fan explosion - the sudden switch from night to sunshine. The Packers had a winning-touchdown drive going with five minutes left but Billy Howton fumbled on Detroit's 15-yard line and the Lions recovered. Then, Girard put the Bays in a hole with a punt out of bounds on their own five. With three minutes left, Howie Ferguson fumbled and Detroit's Joe Schmidt recovered on the Packer five. That was it. The aisles and track were jammed with people leaving the stands. Detroit drew an in-motion penalty on first down and the Packer defense suddenly stiffened. Three plays made one yard and Doak Walker tried a field goal from the 16 but, gee whiz, it was wide. The Packers took over on their own 20. They had 80 yards to go and the clock showed only 1:45 left. One of the most important drives in Packer history started to unfold. Here are the seven plays - in black and white: 1 - Rote throw to Veryl Switzer for 14 yards off to the right to the 34. 2 - Rote couldn't pass so he ran 28 yards up the middle, evading four Lions along the way, to the Detroit 38. Rote called timeout to stop the clock with 1:15 left. 3 - Rote's short flip to the left to Joe Johnson was in the dirt. 4 - Rote threw the same pass but Johnson was smeared for a six-yard loss. Another timeout! 5 - Rote passed to Switzer for 17 yards to the 27. 6 - Rote passed to Bill Howton off to the right near the sideline and Howton smartly threw the ball out of bounds to stop the clock with 20 seconds left. 7 - Rote passed straight down the middle to Knafelc, who stretched beautifully for the ball, clutched it on the four, bowled over two Lions and crashed into the end zone for the score. Fred Cone booted the extra point and the hoopla continued. The Packers were particularly wicked in the second half. They had enough offense to
score two touchdowns - one under extreme pressure, and their defense was tough enough to hold the Lions to a field goal, that a 12-yard shot by Walker early in the third quarter. Detroit's first touchdown came on a 38-yard pass - a deflected one at that - from Layne to Jim Doran in the first quarter. The Bays made it 7-6 with Cone's 30 and 34-yard field goals in the second. Just before the half, Detroit received a gift touchdown when Rote fumbled attempting a lateral and Gil Mains recovered in the end zone. Thus, it was 17-6 at the half. Detroit never entered Bay territory under its own offensive power after Walker opened the third period with a field goal - a tribute to the Packer defense. The Bay offense won its tribute when it cracked those last 80 yards through the Lions' defense - one of the best in the league last year. Packer heroes were 35 - the league limit, plus the coaches who figured largely in the payoff march. Rote conferred twice with Liz on the sidelines during the push as the Packers maintained their poise during the crucial seconds. The Packers edged the Lions statistically, 18-16 in first downs, 172 yards to 171 in rushing, 163 to 155 in passing and 335 to 326 in total yardage. Rote bested his Texas quarterback foe, Layne, completing 15 out of 27 against Layne's eight out of 20. Bobby, a tired and sore-armed campaigner, threw only twice in the second half and completed one. Rote completed 11 out of 15 in the second half. The Packers received the first scoring chance of the game. After Detroit forced Dick Deschaine to punt, a 45-yarder, the Packers made Jug Girard boot when the Bay line forced Detroit back to its own eight from the 14. Switzer took the kick on the Packer 44 and jugged to the Detroit 30. Ferguson, Cone and Rote ran to the 19, the first two getting shaken up. The Lions stiffened through and Cone, maybe a bit dizzy yet, missed a field goal from the 26. Detroit got a neat break a moment later when Deschaine got off a 22-yard punt, giving Detroit position on the Bay 38. Two Layne passes went awry but his third was deflected by Roger Zatkoff into the hands of Jim Doran on the 26 and the ace end wheeled into the end zone. Walker's boot made it 7-0 with 11:30 gone in the period. The Packers launched a drive on their own 20 and moved 57 yards in eight plays to the Detroit 23. The big gainers were Reid's 28-yard run and a 14-yard Rote pass to Knafelc. Stalled on the 23, Cone booted a field goal from the 30 to make it 7-3 early in the second quarter. The Packers made it 7-6 shortly after Jim Martin missed a field goal shot from the 46. This time, the Packers moved 61 yards from their own 13 to the Detroit 26. Rote hurled to Reid for 15, Reid carried four times for 21 and Ferguson lugged once for eight to set up Cone's field goal from the 34. The furious Lions lashed back, with Layne completing four passes, three to Girard for 43 yards, but Doyle Nix put a happy ending to that by intercepting on the three and returning to the Packer 15. With two minutes left, Ferguson bulled 11 yards in two tries but on the next play Rote went back to pass. The Lions chased him back to around the three when Rote tried to lateral off to Reid as he was hit by Jenkins. The ball squirted away and Mains recovered in the end zone for the touchdown. Walker converted and Detroit led 14-6 at the half. The Lions came out for blood in the second half and all but stitched the Packers' doom. They took the opening kickoff, and with Bill Stits running wild, moved from their own 20 to the Packer three. Stits carried eight times for 47 yards and Layne hurled to Carpenter for 14 to eat up most of the yardage. When the Lions reached the Packer three, it seemed only a matter of time but the Packer defense stopped Stits cold on two shots. Bobby Dillon caught him once for no gain and Billy Bookout and Deral Teteak hurled him for a two-yard loss. On third down, Layne missed Stits on a pass. The Lions had to settle for a field goal by Walker from the 12. The one good break the Packers received after Deschaine punted dead on the Detroit 10. The Lions moved to the 30 in two tries and on second down Carpenter fumbled and Val Joe Walker recovered on the Detroit 30. The Packers had a touchdown in seven plays. The gainers were Rote's seven-yard pass to Ferguson, Reid's 14-yarder to Reid, Ferguson's one-yard smash and Reid's four-yard touchdown scoot over guard. Cone converted and it was a tight game as the third period ended. The fans started to take part about this time and set up a terrific howl, forcing Layne to call for quiet. The officials called a timeout once and the fans were asked to cool off. Packer players waved their arms in an effort to stop the noise. Girard punted twice and Deschaine once as the Packers sought an opening and the Lions sought to protect. Switzer's 14-yard return of Girard's second punt to the Detroit 48 set the Packers off. Rote hurled to Howton for 19 and the fans let 'er rip. Ferguson bolted four but Howton then took Rote's pass nicely on the 15, started toward the goal and fumbled when Jack Christiansen hit him. The ball popped into Joe Schmidt's arm and he raced to the Detroit 31. The fans continued to whoop it up despite a first down by the Lions and it must have paid off because the Packers held and forced Girard to punt. Jug punted out of bounds on the Packer 5, Ferguson and Rote fumbled a handoff - and you know the rest.
DETROIT   -   7   7   3   0  -  17
GREEN BAY -   0   6   7   7  -  20
                        DETROIT     GREEN BAY
First Downs                  16            18
Rushing-Yards-TD       36-171-0      35-172-1
Att-Comp-Yd-TD-Int 20-8-155-1-1 27-15-163-1-1
Sacked-Yards               2-15          5-41
Net Passing Yards           140           122
Total Yards                 311           294
Fumbles-lost                2-1           3-3
Turnovers                     2             4
Yards penalized            8-74          1-15
1st - DET - Jim Doran, 38-yard pass from Bobby Layne (Doak Walker kick) DETROIT 7-0
2nd - GB - Fred Cone, 30-yard field goal DETROIT 7-3
2nd - GB - Cone, 34-yard field goal DETROIT 7-6
2nd - DET - Gil Mains, recovered fumble in the end zone (Walker kick) DETROIT 14-6
3rd - DET - Walker, 12-yard field goal DETROIT 17-6
3rd - GB - Breezy Reid, 4-yard run (Cone kick) DETROIT 17-13
4th - GB - Gary Knafelc, 18-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 20-17
GREEN BAY - Breezy Reid 11-73 1 TD, Howie Ferguson 18-70, Tobin Rote 3-30, Fred Cone 1-2, Veryl Switzer 1-1, Joe Johnson 1-(-4)
DETROIT - Lew Carpenter 16-77, Bill Stits 12-69, Dave Middleton 5-20, Bobby Layne 3-5
GREEN BAY - Tobin Rote 27-15-163 1 TD 1 INT
DETROIT - Bobby Layne 19-8-155 1 TD 1 INT, Doak Walker 1-0-0
GREEN BAY - Billy Howton 4-47, Gary Knafelc 3-45 1 TD, Breezy Reid 3-29, Veryl Switzer 2-36, Howie Ferguson 2-12, Joe Johnson 1-(-6)
DETROIT - Jim Doran 3-86 1 TD, Jug Girard 3-42, Lew Carpenter 1-14, Dave Middleton 1-13
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - The Detroit Lions' urbane Raymond (Buddy) Parker, taking a realistic view of Sunday's last-minute defeat at City Stadium, admitted "we deserved to get beat today." Observing "I've never lost one quite like that before," Parker announced: "As I see it, there was two basic reasons we go beat. One was the fact that we had the opportunities to score, and we didn't do it, and the other was Rote's 28-yard run on that last Packer drive. That broke our backs. Yet his run wouldn't have made any difference," the engaging Texan added dryly, "if we'd made use of our opportunities. We were down
he think the Packers had improved over 1954? "I'll answer that this way," Buddy said. "I don't think that, right now, we're as good as we were last year and I don't think the Packers are either. We thought a lot of that McGee, you know." Buddy insisted, however, "I don't want to take anything from the Packers. They're a good football team. They can beat anybody - they've got a lot of go, a lot of spirit, and they hit real hard." Somebody in Parker's hotel suite mentioned the NFL race and the possibility than an 8-4 record might win in the western division. "I'll take 8-4 right now," Buddy grinned. "I think that kind of a record will win it, unless the Forty-Niners should get by with losing only one game in their first seven or something like that. They're the only ones who could run away with it." How about the Browns in the Eastern Division? "The Browns won't win it," Parker said flatly, "Graham is through - he doesn't want to play anymore, we could tell that when we played the Browns a couple of weeks ago. It'll be either the Giants or the Eagles." The slightly delirious Packers, swept along by the wave of fan hysteria that developed in the final minutes of play and reached a crescendo as the game ended, may have had their feet on the ground as they clumped into the dressing room but their heads were still in the clouds. As they came in, rookie Billy Bookout kept telling anybody who could be made to listen. "I told you before the game. I told him that we were going to win? Hey, what'd did I tell ya?" Head Coach Liz Blackbourn, coming up right behind him, smiled broadly and rapped, "Finally, we won a game in Green Bay." Gary Knafelc, the man of the hour who only minutes before had been swept to the shoulders of several hundred delirious fans and borne back to the bench after scoring the winning touchdown, gasped, "I got hit just about two feet out. I turned around and saw the goal line and dived over." "That replaces McGee, doesn't it?" smiling lockermate Howie Ferguson quipped. How about that "ride" from the fans? "That's the most contact I had all day," Knafelc chuckled. The injured Gene Knutson, standing nearby, told Knafelc, "I was twice as nervous on the bench as if I'd been in the game." Veteran Dave Hanner, taking the victory more calmly than most, contributed, "Detroit's had enough of those against us," as he peeled off a sweat-soaked jersey. Tobin Rote, like Knafelc was hoisted into the air by the fans as the game ended, shuddered, "We almost lost it on that fumble. I was going to throw to Breezy. I had my hand out and somebody jerked me or something." His quarterback running mate, Charlie Brackins, brushed this aside. "You never looked better than you did today,. Tobe," he told him. Big Tom Dahms, smiling despite a lacerate nose, was asked how he happened to become involved with the Lions' Jack Christiansen on the Packers' first touchdown. "I took my man," Tom explained, "and saw Christiansen coming up so I just stood in his way. He started swinging at me and it cost them 15 yards on the next kickoff."...Blackbourn, who saw the game differently than Parker, declared, "It's the best win we've had." Looking happier than he has in many a moon, Liz observed, "We had to get one at home. All I can say is it was a good one for us to win." Conceding that the defense had done a remarkable job, Liz pointed out, "You have to do a job when you hold a team to 17 joints in this league." "One of the
things that pleased me a lot," he volunteered, "after we scored that touchdown was Jug Girard running out the time." He had only one other answer for all questions: "Just mention that pass," Liz chuckled, "from Rote to Knafelc."...RARE PLEASURE: With one second showing on the clock, Rote yelled, "Get the ball, get the ball! It's the first time in six year - we want this one."...FATEFUL WORDS: Interviewed by Harry Wismer between halves, Lions President Edwin Anderson made his customary answer to the customary question, "Yes, thinks look pretty good right now but the game isn't over yet."...'LEATHER FOR JUG': Girard was presented with a variety of gifts, including a set of matched luggage, by Marinette-Menominee and Kaukauna admirers in pregame ceremonies. Circuit Judge Arnold F. Murphy made the presentations on behalf of the M-M delegation and Mayor Doty Bayorgeon represented Jug's Kaukauna followers...NO COMPLAINT: Fans in the west end zone booed the officials lustily when they signaled a touchdown after Gil Mains' recovery of Rote's "fumbled" lateral just before the half. Blackbourn, however, made no complaint. "Nothing but a touchdown," Liz muttered. "Couldn't be anything else."...DOUBLE TROUBLE: It looked for a time as though the Packers would run short of fullback early in the first quarter. Howie Ferguson was shaken up on the first play of the Bays' second offensive series and his replacement, Fred Cone, was kayoed on the second. Fortunately, Ferguson was ready to return for the third play, although the rugged rookie, Bob Clemens, also was available if needed...NATIONAL COVERAGE: In addition to the regular Wisconsin and Lions Network broadcasts, the game was aired nationally over the Mutual Broadcasting System by Wismer, assisted by WJPG's Bill Howard. MBS will broadcast Detroit's entire 1955 schedule. Van Patrick, aided by ex-Lion Les Bingaman, described the action for the Lions' own network, while Earl Gillespie, Tony Flynn and Bob Forte were reunited for the first time this season on the Packer chain...'PRIVATE EYES': The Bears, who had a six-man delegation at last weekend's Cardinal game in Milwaukee, had "only" three representatives diagramming the Packers yesterday, Walter and Pete Halas and Rog Gere. Ralph Adams and Bob Reihsen represented the Los Angeles Rams, Adams watching the Lions and Reihsen analyzing the Packers. Also present were the San Francisco Forty Niners' Earl Brown and Tom Hughes of the Baltimore Colts...P-G GUESTS: Nearly 600 carrier boys from Green Bay and 71 other northeastern Wisconsin communities were guests of the Press-Gazette at the game - and four of them went home with treasured possessions, autographed Packer footballs...NOT SAFE: Two non-combatants almost became casualties during the course of the afternoon. Tom Hearden, Packer defensive coach, was accidentally knocked off his feet by Joe Johnson, returning a punt, in pregame practice and P-G photographer Emery Kroenig was flattened when Jim Salsbury ran Breezy Reid out of bounds along the south sidelines in the first quarter...'GREATEST': The fan demonstration following that eleventh hour touchdown was termed "the greatest thing I've ever seen," by Watson Spoelstra, veteran Detroit sportswriter. "The fans in most league cities are blase but they certainly aren't blase here."...HAPPIEST FAN?: There were 22,000 delirious fans but it's doubtful if any were happier than Marinette's Francis G. Peters, a long-time Packer fan who recommended Dick Deschaine to the Packers and saw his "boy" in action yesterday for the first time.
SEPT 26 (Green Bay) - Brown County and the city of Green Bay escaped the crowded football weekend with a minimum number of traffic accidents, authorities reported this morning. Although property damage totaled about $4,000, there were only four persons injured in area mishaps and none was seriously hurt, officers said. Perhaps the closest call during the weekend involved Veryl Switzer, 23, Green Bay Packer backfield star, who escaped with a bloody nose Sunday evening when his car went out of control on Highway 32 south of De Pere and overturned....STARTED TO SKID: County police said Switzer, alone in his car, was driving south on the highway when the rear end of his vehicle started to skid. Switzer lost control of the auto and it ran into a ditch, tipped over, and struck a utility pole. Damage to Switzer's 1954 mode Buick was estimated at $2,000, county police said. The accident occurred at 9:52 p.m.
SEPT 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Joy continued in Green Bay Monday, the last few tickets for Sunday's Bear game gobbled up to insure a sellout and the Packer office hummed with preparation for the Bruins. "We really enjoyed winning this one," was coach Liz Blackbourn's first reaction to the Packers' 20-17 upset over the Lions, "but we understand, perhaps better than anyone else, how a team can lose by two or three points. Detroit played a lot rougher this time," continued Liz, "but the club was not near as clever as a year ago. Perhaps it was because Bobby Layne had a rather poor afternoon." For the record, Layne completed eight of 18 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown. He had one intercepted. By comparison, Tobin Rote hit 15 out of 27 for 163 yards and one touchdown and also had one pass intercepted. "Oh, Rote didn't have a very good day, either," added Blackbourn. "That Lion defensive line is murder and it's going to give any quarterback a rough time. Rote was rushed badly, They hurried him to such an extent that he couldn't set up may pass patterns." Blackbourn, however, called Rote's 28-yard run to the Detroit 38 as the key play to the winning touchdown. "It put us in position, and it must have bothered the Lions intensely. They were puzzled, not knowing whether Rote would pass or run on the next play." What about that sensational shot to Gary Knafelc down the middle? "Knafelc was the target, all right. That was sure a beauty, wasn't it?" Blackbourn pointed out "key" spots here and three. He wasn't too happy the way Jim Doran, 6-2, 200 pound end, bolted through the middle to snare Layne's quick passes. Doran caught three of this variety for 86 yards and one touchdown. "I think our defense did a whale of a job, though. Rookie Nate Borden helped tremendously at right end and John Martinkovic came up with his usual good play." A check with Jack Vainisi, who scouted the Colt-Bear tussle, brought out these observations: "Al Ameche's quick start seemed to be his biggest asset," said Vainisi. "His 79-yard touchdown run was on a quick trap through the middle. Once he popped through he couldn't be caught. And he's quite a blocker. That gives a big assist to runners like L.G. Dupre and Royce Womble. The Bears were caught napping and found themselves on the short end of a 17-0 count. Ed Brown came in to quarterback Chicago and he hits Harlon Hill and Bill McColl time and again, but Baltimore had too much of a head start. Old George Halas was furious after the game. This was supposed to be the Bears' big year. It should be quite a scrap here Sunday."
greatest thing that happened to me in football, but will that little boy please make himself known.”
SEPT 28 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "Old George is really racking the whip down here," reported Bear publicitor Frank Korch by phone from Chicago Tuesday, a word of caution for Packerland that something is brewing for Sunday's tussle at Green Bay. "I've never seen Halas so disappointed," said Korch. "He knew the Colts were the most improved club in the league, but he was sold on our chances. You know, this is his last coaching year and there's little doubt he believes this could be our year." Korch added that Halas personally scouted the Packer-Cardinal exhibition at Milwaukee, one of his rare press box appearances. His Bruins defeated the Packers twice last year, but by the slim margins of 10-3 and 28-23. "George has always admired Tobin Rote and saw him at his best against the Cardinals. But on the whole, he thought Green Bay was an improved club, especially its offensive line and defensive secondary." Getting back to the stunning Baltimore defeat Korch pointed to Al Ameche's 79 yard touchdown gallop on he second play of the game and two crucial fumbles by Bobby Watkins as the reasons why the Colts jumped off to a 17-0 halftime advantage. "We started to roll after that. Ed Brown connecting with Harlon Hill and Bill McColl, but we just couldn't make it. Ameche is a terrific fullback, there's little question about that. And the Colt defensive line is murder. Baltimore is going to have a lot to say about the championship," was Korch's appraisal. Brown, who sparked the Bears in their second place finish last season, will start against the Packers. But Korch was moaning that two of the Bears' best backs, Rick Casares and Henry Mosley, probably won't see action Sunday. Casares is one of the most promising runners to join the Bears since George McAfee, is the belief. Mosley, a rugged defensive halfback, has been sidelined several weeks with a bad knee. "We're calling our Brown a second Rote," said Korch. "He will run with the ball, just wait and see. And Ron Drzewiecki - he's doing all out punt and kickoff returning. Don't be surprised if he starts at halfback, though. He's the kind of runner we've wanted for a long time. But at the moment Halas is concerned about the Packers," Korch emphasized. "We don't want a Baltimore repeat. We want to get back there where we belong."
heroics, the contribution was a “community” project. Two other teenagers, John Kozicki, 14, 716 Roy Ave., and Jeff Funk, 13, 625 Roy Ave., “chipped in” with Culligan to make it a “nice, round figure.” How did it come about? “Before the Packers scored, we decided we were going to give half a dollar to whoever made the touchdown,” Kozicki said. Knafelc had been trying to locate his “benefactor” since Sunday, pointing out, “The money belongs to him.”
SEPT 29 (Green Bay) - Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn paid tribute to two Packers in the course of answering questions during the first meeting of the 1955 Quarterback Club in the Columbus Club Wednesday night. Somebody asked about Leon Hart, the Detroit Lions’ tremendous 265-pound defensive end, and then shot a query about the Packers’ 245-pound defensive end, John Martinkovic. “Hart has the coordination of a 180-pound halfback and we have to put two men on him to keep him away from our passer – first the guard, who is generally Joe Skibinski, and then the back, who would be Breezy Reid. We had trouble with him Sunday but we managed to contain him during the last drive,” Blackbourn said. “Big John requires two men, too – usually the tackle and then the fullback, to keep him off the passer. John has been having a great season thus far. Through Sunday’s game, he has improved by 50 percent over a year ago.” Liz tossed a bouquet toward Bob Clemens, the Packers’ rookie fullback, as he discussed the difficulty in reducing the squad from 35 to 33 players after Sunday’s game. “Bob is a good all-around player. He’s in all of our platoons – kickoffs, punts, extra points and the like. He’s big, 212 to 215, and he’s rugged and a hard runner. We’ve tried him as a halfback but he has difficulty catching a pass. Right now, we’re working him on defense,” Liz said…ABOUT DESCHAINE?: And speaking of tributes, Blackbourn, in answer to a question on who called the winning play, said that “if plays are sent out they are generally called by the men upstairs – Ray McLean on offense and Tom Hearden on defense. McLean noticed that the Lions were over-shifting on Howton in that last series and called the play to Knafelc.” Somebody wanted to know about Dick Deschaine, the Packers’ punting specialist. With one of those “I knew you’d ask about him” smiles, Liz proceeded: “Dick had the misfortune of packing all of his best kicking in one game – the Pittsburgh game here. He has been unable to match that performance in any game since. He is a fine punter, but we are now frantically trying to build him up to where he may be of some help to us in ways others than punting. He may be one of the 33, and he may not. Who would punt if Dick goes? We’ve been trying Bill Forester, Fred Cone and Howie Ferguson, and we’ve even given some thought to activating our general manager, Verne Lewellen.” As to Sunday’s victory over Detroit, Blackbourn explained that “it was not our best played game but it most certainly was our best win. Not winning at home had bothered all of us.” In answer to a question, Blackbourn said that “we’re looking over Paul Held in practice.” Held was placed on waivers by the Lions shortly before Sunday’s game. The Quarterback opener was attended by about 250 fans. It opened with a half-hour telecast on WBAY-TV, featuring highlights of the Detroit game, introduction of players and questions and answers. Presented as the player of the week was Gary Knafelc, who caught Tobin Rote’s pass for the winning touchdown in the last 20 seconds. The regular QB session followed after a five-minute break with opening remarks by Bernard Darling, president of the Packer Alumni Assn., who announced that the sale of season tickets for the remaining club sessions is continuing. Tickets may be obtained by sending $2.20 to Packer Alumni Assn., Box 255. Charlie Brock, chief quarterback for ’55, then took up the meeting introduced Blackbourn. The meet closed with showing of the complete Packer-Lion game, narrated by Tom White.
SEPT 29 (Chicago) - The Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals, both beaten in their 1955 NFL debuts, are trying to iron out the rough spots in time to get on the right side of the ledger this weekend. The Bears, who dropped a 23 to 17 decision to the Baltimore Colts in Baltimore, will meet the Packers in Green Bay Sunday. The Cardinals, who bowed to the Steelers in Pittsburgh, 14 to 7, will face the New York Giants Sunday afternoon in Comiskey Park…MOSLEY HAS TWISTED KNEE: The Giants lost their season opener to the Philadelphia Eagles, 27 to 17, but the Packers upset the Detroit Lions, 20 to 17, on a last minute pass from Tobin Rote to Gary Knafelc. Bears’ fans received good news when it was announced the injury suffered by Henry Mosely, fleet rookie halfback, at Baltimore, has been diagnosed as a twisted knee and now, as previous believed, a torn cartilage. Mosely will be sidelined Sunday, however, as will Rick Casares, another rookie halfback, who has a side injury…FIVE NEW CARD INJURIES: The Cardinals were less lucky. With four players already out of action – Charley Trippi, veteran halfback; Max Boydston and Frank McPhee, rookie ends; and George Brancato, rookie defensive back – they added five more to the casualty list at Pittsburgh. The newly injured players may or may not be ready Sunday. They are center Jack Simmons, leg; end Dick (Night Train) Lane and halfback Tom Keane, back injuries; tackle Bert Delavan, knee and thigh, and Tom Bienemann, defensive end, who suffered a rib injury throwing the key block on Leo Sanford’s 92 yard touchdown run against the Steelers. Simmons has played in 85 consecutive regular season games.
SEPTEMBER 29 (Green Bay) - Lessons learned on a college track squad don't often come in handy in professional football, but Gary Knafelc put one into practice Sunday and the Green Bay Packers won a ballgame they figured to lose. The 6-4, 218 pound NFL sophomore end made a circus catch of a Tobin Rote pass with 20 seconds to go to five the Bays an electrifying 20-17 win over the Detroit Lions. With three Detroit defenders clustered around him near the goal line like bees at a hive, it looked impossible. But Knafelc, with spring in his legs developed as a high jumper at Colorado University, shot up like a cork released from the bottom of a rain barrel, snared the ball and plowed over for the winning touchdown. Back in his college days, Gary used to high jump six feet, two inches. In catching Rote's rifle-like toss, he leaped fully three feet off he ground. Then followed a spontaneous demonstration by ecstatic Bays' fans that held up the game for almost 10 minutes. They mobbed Knafelc in the end zone, hoisted him on their shoulders and paraded around. Pro football seldom has seen its equal. Knafelc said he felt good about it, but "I was worried about getting off the field so that we wouldn't be penalized for delaying the game." One small boy even pressed a 50-cent piece into Gary's hands to show his appreciation for the amazing catch. This is Gary's second year in pro football. He was the Cardinals' No. 2 draft choice last year. The Packers signed him as a free agent after the season started. Appearing only briefly last year on offense, he caught five passes for 48 yards. The 23-year old receiver caught the eyes of Cardinal scouts in his senior year at Colorado. Playing all but 39 minutes of a possible 600, Gary picked off 22 passes for 451 yards and 8 touchdowns. Against Detroit in the Bays' opener, he caught 3 for 45 yards. The longest - 18 yards - went for the deciding touchdown. Gary's catch, sure to be long remembered, made up for a miss by another Packer end against Detroit last year at Green Bay. Max McGee, now in service, dropped a pass from Rote in the end zone that could have made a big difference. The Lions won that contest 21-17.
SEPT 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Castoff champion of the NFL was the appropriate title for the Lions after coming into national prominence under Buddy Parker. Here was a club winning the championship with a Layne, a Harder, a Girard and a coach - handed down from other clubs - believing all had been seen the best day. But what assembled in Detroit soon was the scourge of pro football. The Lions had built a solid club with "has-beens" playing their key roles, "has-beens" only to their old bosses. Only when they were champions was the picture painfully true. Sunday, the Packers defeated those Lions for the first time in five years. They did it with a 35-man squad, 13 of them being obtained via trades and signed as free agents when other clubs frowned on their making the grade. Earning their spurs with the Packers and getting them off to a roaring start over the Lions were these league refugees: Fullback Howie Ferguson, halfback Breezy Reid, end Gary Knafelc, defensive halfback Val Joe Walker, defensive end John Martinkovic, guard Buddy Brown, tackle Tom Dahms, tackle Jerry Helluin, guard Joe Skibinski, tackle Bill Lucky, tackle Len Szafaryn, defensive halfback Clarence Self, and defensive end Pat O'Donahue. That makes up quite a tough core, the names speaking for themselves. Their adjustment to Packer-style under Coach Liz Blackbourn has been outstanding and they have gained a winning frame of mind, and added confidence after that spectacular 20-17 win over the Western Division champions. "I got my start with the Redskins" can be said by three linemen playing stellar roles in Blackbourn's plans. In their fifth season of pro ball, they are Martinkovic, Brown and Szafaryn. Three recent acquisitions from the Browns have bolstered the forward wall. Helluin, obtained in 1954, teams with veteran Dave Hanner to give the Packers two of the best defensive tackles in the business. And in the trade this season with the Browns, the Packers came up with a starting guard in Skibinski and a likely prospect in Lucky, recuperating from an appendectomy. Both were exchanged for tackle Art Hunter who is now in service. When Ferguson was given the cold shoulder by the Rams in 1952, he was convinced his football ambitions were over. No one picked him up on waivers. Signed as a free agent in 1953 by the Packers, Ferguson has developed into one of the league's best fullback - a back Blackbourn says he would never get rid of. Getting Dahms, the 6-5, 250-pound former Ram, is probably the best deal the Packers ever made, trade-wise. He was obtained from Los Angeles for veteran end Stretch Elliott and a 1956 draft choice. Elliott didn't pan out with the Rams, but Dahms has been a sensation with the Packers and worth the draft loss. Knafelc, the 6-4 end who was Sunday's hero, catching Tobin Rote's 18 yard pass for a touchdown, was the second draft choice of the Cardinals in 1954. He was signed as a free agent by the Packers after the second league game that season. Reid, in his sixth year, was drafted by the Bears in 1950 and released after the first league game. Green Bay signed him immediately and he's been one of the all-time top Packer ground gainers. Walker was with New York in 1953, being its seventh draft choice. Recognized as one of the great defensive backs in the league, he has been a spark plug with the Packers who got him via the trade route. Self has probably been shuffled around more than any other player. He was signed by the Cardinals in 1949, then traded to the Lions in 1950. Green Bay picked him up in 1952, released him the following season and Blackbourn signed him again last year. In his seventh season, he's a whiz of a defensive ace despite his 5-9, 180 pound stature. O'Donahue joined the Packers last week after being released by the 49ers, who sent him to the Steelers on an "if" basis. He seems to be what was needed to bolster the defensive end corps. These 13 refugees have filtered into the Packer picture perfectly and are playing the kind of football resembling the good old days.
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - Ed Brown, a lanky 205-pounder from San Luis Obispo, Calif., is slated to start at quarterback for the Bears against the Packers at City Stadium Sunday afternoon. The Bears made that announcement yesterday through official channels – chiefly the publicity department. Brown has never played offensive quarterback against the Packers even though he is a second year pro. He played the entire 1954 games against the Packers in Green Bay – remember the mud and rain? – as a defensive halfback. He was ready for both offense and defense in the nightcap in Chicago, too, but was held out. Brown displayed QB flashes throughout ’54 and stepped into full-time QB duty this year when the Army grabbed off Zeke Bratkowski. Ed is now sharing the pitching with veteran George Blanda. And speaking about Blanda, this seven-year veteran was quite a thorn in the Packers in ’54 and likely will see plenty of action Sunday. In the opener here, Blanda completed 13 out of 36 for 126 yards despite the weather, including one for a touchdown in a 10-3 victory. In Chicago, Blanda had probably his greatest day, hurling 46 times and completing 24 for 279 yards and two TDs. The Bears have another highly-touted quarterback in their midst – Bob Williams, the onetime Notre Dame star. Williams is just back from service after breaking in two years ago. He saw no action in the opening loss to Baltimore last Sunday. Whoever starts or plays, the Packers won’t be facing a sore-armer Sunday, which was the report on Bobby Layne last Sunday…NO FUMBLES PLEASE: The Bears took advantage of two key fumbles to nip the Packers twice last year. Quarterback Tobin Rote fumbled and the Bears recovered on the Packer seven, leading to a touchdown that gave Chicago a 7-3 lead here. In Chicago, Veryl Switzer muffed a punt and the Bears recovered for a touchdown in their drive to overcome a Packer lead…Sunday’s game has been designated as Homecoming by the Packer Alumni Assn., and Green Bay Packers, Inc. It will be the first homecoming ever conducted as part of a Packer-Bear game. Bernard Darling, Alumni prexy, said that 100 former players will be in for the game and they’ll be seated in special seats along the sidelines. They’ll be introduced between halves. Jug Earpe is service as homecoming chairman. The former Packers will gather at the Hotel Beaumont for a 10 o’clock breakfast Sunday morning and go to the game in a special bus. After the game, they and many others will be guests of the Packers at a buffet dinner at the Beaumont…Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn was highly pleased this week with a letter from Stretch Elliott, now an insuranceman in El Paso, Tex. Former Packer defensive end Stretch was traded during the training season to the Los Angeles Rams for tackle Tom Dahms and a draft choice, but was later cut loose by LA. Elliott, in his letter to Liz, expressed “my sincere congratulations for beating Detroit” and added that “I’ll be pulling for you to beat the Bears.” Stretch said he decided to retire from pro football after leaving Los Angeles…Big John Martinkovic, who plans to remain here as a car salesman after the season, doesn’t have far to go for at least three prospects. Three Packer players already have “lost” new cars due to auto accidents. Fullback Howie Ferguson rolled over his auto in southern Wisconsin while driving up to training camp in July. Halfback Veryl Switzer did about the same thing outside of De Pere last Sunday night. And just two days ago, Mrs. Doyle Nix, wife of the Packer defensive halfback, was in a collision on the west side. Fortunately, all three came out with minor injuries – Ferguson a cut hand, Switzer a bloody nose and Mr. Nix with a good shaking up. Doyle missed practice Wednesday afternoon to be with his wife, who was taken to the hospital. He has been assured that “she’ll be all right.” She is expecting…The Packers’ practice in the Bluejay outfield was shortened somewhat yesterday but it was resumed twice at the insistence of the players. Offense was stressed yesterday before the usual couple of hundred fans. A highlight was the running of halfback Al Carmichael, whose shoulder injury is healing much faster than expected. The last concentrated drill is scheduled for this afternoon. The team will take to the stadium for a light workout Saturday. The Bears are scheduled to arrive here on the 3:20 North Western Saturday afternoon. They’ll headquarter at the Northland.
SEPT 30 (Green Bay) - When the Packers and Chicago Bears have at each other this Sunday, one of the most interested spectators in the stands will be a former Packer player who hasn’t seen a Packer game since he last pulled off his blue jersey 34 years ago. He is Jimmy Cook, member of the Green Bay squad in 1921, who recently retired from the U.S. Civil Service at the age of 67 and returned to Green Bay to make his home with a sister at 318 Stuart St. A lot of water has gone over the dams that Jim Cook helped build since then, but it hasn’t dampened his enthusiasm for football. The only reason he never saw a Packer game was because he never happened to be near where any of them were played. He’s followed the fortunes of his old team, however, and last week was looking forward to seeing the new model in action…DIDN’T FACE BEARS: It is a source of some regret to him that he didn’t get in that first Bear game in 1921. He had played in several of the early contests that year, including the historic victory over the Minneapolis Marines which launched Green Bay’s long career in the NFL, but then accepted a job with the old Greiling Bros. Construction Co. and left town. Except for short visits, he hadn’t been back until he retired a few weeks ago. In the years between, he accepted a position with the U.S. Army Engineers that took him to a variety of construction projects all over the United States and the Caribbean area. His last job was as concrete superintendent on the huge McNary Dam in Oregon, where he worked for six and a half years. Jim doesn’t look like it even now, but he was a gridiron veteran when he did his short stint with the Packers. He was a football and track star at East High School, where he helped arrange the initial game of the now historic East-West rivalry and played in it. Following graduation in 1907, he attended Notre Dame for a couple of year, then went into the construction field. Cook worked around Chicago for several years, during which he played a lot of semi-pro football on the side, and when he returned to Green Bay in 1921 was asked to come out for the Packers. He did, and saw a lot of service at tackle until the Greiling job cropped
OCT 1 (Green Bay) - The Bears are the Packers’ toughest football foe! Tradition says so. A few clubs like the Browns and Forty Niners have given the Packers misery in the past few years but no NFL team has pained the Packers quite as much as the Monsters of Chicago’s Midway. Since 1921, the Packers and Bears have collided 72 times in league competition, including a playoff in ’41, and the Bears have won 42, lost 24 and played six ties. No team has an advantage like that on Green Bay – not even Detroit’s Lions, who whipped the Bays in 11 straight games before the Packer eked out a 20-17 verdict here last Sunday. The 73rd meeting of these two bitter enemies at City Stadium Sunday will find the Bears again as the Packers’ “toughest football foe” – only a little more so, because the Bears enter hostilities with a 0-1 record against the Bays’ 1-0. A sellout crowd of nearly 25,000 will watch the fight in perfect weather, starting at 1:35. Despite the opposite records of the two clubs and the Bears’ 23-17 loss to Baltimore last Sunday, George Halas’ Bears rate a seven-point favorite to make the standings of the two teams read the same: 1-1. The point experts feel that last Sunday’s setback was all a mistake and that the 1955 Bears still are – as predicted before the season – the best Bear team since the ’41 crew which, incidentally, split with Green Bay and then whipped the Pack in a playoff for the division title…BOTH TEAMS IMPROVED: The Packers and Bears played two tight games last year and an inkling of what to expect in the line of action Sunday could be based on those two matches. The Bears won in Green Bay, 10-3, in heavy mud and rain, thanks to the recovery of a fumble by Tobin Rote on the Packer seven. In Chicago, the Bears recovered Veryl Switzer’s fumbled punt and went on from there, overcoming a Packer lead. Both teams have improved since those two thrillers. The Packer offensive line has been toughened with the addition of Joe Skibinski and Tom Dahms. The Packers will miss Max McGee, the left end now in service, but you’d never know it the way McGee’s successor, Gary Knafelc, caught Tobin Rote’s clutch pass to beat Detroit in the last 20 seconds. Defensively, the Packers might be termed a question mark off last Sunday’s game since Bobby Laune had trouble throwing, probably due to a sore arm, and the Lions’ two ace offensive guards were floored with hurts. Doyle Nix, Billy Bookout, Tom Bettis and Nate Borden are the new defensive men. The Bears’ optimism for ’55 is based on increased offensive strength – chiefly running, with such new backs as Bobby Watkins, Rick Casares and Ron Drzewiecki. Linebacker Joe Fortunato has stepped in to bolster the Bears’ already tough defense…DIFFICULT TO DEFENSE: The Bears have a “difficult team to defense because everybody seems to be a good pass catcher,” Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn said a year ago and he seconded his thoughts for ’55. The hero receiver for the Bears is lanky Harlon Hill, a left end who broke in last year like the Packers’ Billy Howton did in ’52. With Hill are a flock of catchers like Gene Schroeder, Bill McColl, Jack Hoffman, Chick Jagade, Drzewiecki, Watkins, Casares and even defenser Don Kindt, who made a miracle catch in Chicago last fall in the Bears’ playoff drive. The Bears will throw at least two strong-armed passers at the Pack – George Blanda, the veteran of seven years, and sophomore Ed Brown, who is scheduled to start. In reserve is Bob Williams, ex-Notre Dame thrower. Brown also is a capable runner, making him doubly dangerous. The Packers’ attack, Blackbourn hopes, will go a full four quarters Sunday. The Bay offense started to move in the last 20 minutes against Detroit and produced two touchdowns – enough to win…CARMICHAEL READY?: The Packers received a lift with news that Al Carmichael might be ready for work. He suffered a shoulder injury during the exhibition season and wasn’t slated to work until the third league game. Al, one of the most dangerous punt and kickoff returners in the league, probably will pair with Switzer at right halfback. The Packers’ big hope at quarterback, Tobin Rote, has recovered completely from a wrist injury suffered in the Detroit game. He completed 15 out of 27 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown last Sunday and handed off 29 times to Breezy Reid and Howie Ferguson, who gained a total of 143 yards. The Bears aren’t expected to use Casares and Henry Mosely, halfback, because of injuries. Bill Sumner, injured defensive back, may return to the Bears for the first time since midway in the exhibition season.
OCT 1 (Green Bay) - Sunday will be an historic day at City Stadium for George Halas. In view of the fact that he long since has announced he will retire at the end of the 1955 NFL season, tomorrow’s 73rd Packer-Bear collision will mark Halas’ final Green Bay appearance as head coach of the Bruins. It will be pro football pioneer’s 33rd annual visit to this community since he brought his Monsters of the Midway here for the first time in 1923. On that occasion, the Bears shaded the Packers at Bellevue Park, 3-0…More than 100 former Packers are expected to take in the game, which has been designated as Homecoming by the Packer Alumni Assn., and Green Bay Packers, Inc. It will be the first homecoming ever conducted in connection with a Packer-Bear game. The alumni, who will sit in a special section along the sidelines, will be introduced between halves. They will gather at the Beaumont Hotel for a 10 o’clock breakfast Sunday morning and leave from there for the game in a special bus. After the game, they and many others will be guests of the Packers at a buffet
dinner at the Beaumont…As was the cast for last week’s Packer-Detroit game, the Green Bay Weather Bureau is forecasting ideal weather for tomorrow’s contest. Temperatures are expected to be in the high 50s or low 60s and winds will be light and variable…The game will be broadcast over Press-Gazette radio station WJPG, starting at 1:30, with Earl Gillespie, Tony Flynn and Bob Forte sharing the microphone…Tonight’s Detroit-Baltimore game, in Baltimore, also will be carried by WJPG, beginning at 7:30, Green Bay time. Harry Wismer will describe the action…The Lion-Colt engagement and Washington’s invasion of Philadelphia, also scheduled tonight, will kick off the weekend’s NFL schedule. All eight other league entries will be in action Sunday. In addition to the Packer-Bear scufffle here, Cleveland will be at San Francisco, New York at the Chicago Cardinals and Pittsburgh at Los Angeles…All stadium workers, gatemen, ushers and inside police, today were reminded by Chief of Police H.J. Bero to report at City Stadium by 11:15 Sunday morning. Gates to the stadium will opened at 11:45, when the Packer-Bear kickoff scheduled for 1:35. Car parkers are requested to report at 11 o’clock…The Bears were scheduled to arrive at the Chicago & North Western depot here at 3:20 this afternoon. They will leave shortly after the game Sunday afternoon.
OCT 1 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears will square off Sunday in the 74th game of the long series which dates back to 1921. The Bears will be slight favorites to win, although the margin is not expected to be as wide as was predicted before last week's NFL openers. The Packers upset the Western Division champion Detroit Lions, while the Bears were beaten by underdog Baltimore. A sellout crowd of 24,000 fans will be on hand in Green Bay's City Stadium. The Packer fans will be rooting for a repetition of last Sunday's last minute touchdown which agave Green Bay a 20-17 win over the Lions. The Bears were reported in top physical shape for the game, and all the Packers were expected to be ready for action with the possible exception of halfback Al Carmichael who was injured in an exhibition game September 3 and has been sidelined ever since. The Packers' last win over the Bears was in 1952, although the two teams tied 21-21 the following year. The Bears won both games last year by narrow margins, 10-3 and 28-23.
OCT 2 (Chicago Tribune) - The Green Bay Packers, who surprised everyone with a beat the clock pass for a 20 to 17 triumph over the Detroit Lions last week, will try to lengthen their victory string here tomorrow against the formidable Chicago Bears. A capacity crowd of 24,668 will fill City stadium for the National league contest. The game, 73rd regular season contest between the two teams, also is the annual homecoming for the Green Bay alumni club, a group of former players whose president is Bernard (Boob) Darling. The Bears hold a big edge in the series: 42-24-6. Only Al Carmichael, fleet halfback, is on the Packers' doubtful list. Carmichael still is recovering from a shoulder dislocation suffered against the Philadelphia Eagles September 3, but may be ready for the Chicagoans. The Bears, however, will be without the services of a pair of rookie backs who have seen considerable service during the exhibition season and were hurt in last week's league loss to the Baltimore Colts. They are Rick Casares, 224 pounder from the University of Florida, and Henry Mosley, 200 pound speed merchant who played one year for little Morris Brown in Atlanta.
OCT 2 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - It's been a long time since excitement over the Packers and pro football in general ran as high as it does at the moment in this state. The almost miraculous upset victory over mighty Detroit, via a movie finish in the NFL opener, started a ire that has developed into a roaring blaze over the coming of the Bears. Yup - Sunday's the day when the pro counterpart of the Harvard-Yale collegiate series will be renewed at Green Bay. Good old City Stadium will be bursting at the seams with about 25,000 thrill-seeking customers whooping it up. Many time that number, practically all of them on the Packer bandwagon, will be listening to the radio account and/or anxiously awaited the printed details. A double reward is dangling before the eyes of the Packers - the right to move into solid contention and the extra satisfaction that goes with moving up at the expense of the Bears, still enemy No. 1. Sharpies who set the odds and presumably wager accordingly have established the Bears as slight favorites. But I'll take a chance on the new Packers spirit and and another upset. Packers 27, Bears 24.